Well, things sure got heated quickly. Now, to address some things stated.
I was the one and ONLY person who picked the 4 faction leaders. Do not put the blame for the leaders on the admins. It was me and me alone. You can berate me all you like for my choices, but the only response you will hear from me on that front is that if you didn't like it, you should of stepped up. Whether or not I ASKED you (sorry folks, I DO NOT know all of you) you could have also offered to help me. However, I solo organized this event. I got a LOT of help from Admin Tom and Alex in preparation to DO the event. They have done their best to help from the background where possible WHILE being as NEUTRAL as possible.
I have been asked COUNTLESS times to make "exceptions" or to "change" rules mid-era. While I would have loved to do this in some cases, I will 100% agree with the admin's that it causes too much lash back. Admin's rules on era should be trusted to be fulfilled, regardless if an era turns sour. As much as we wish we could do tweaks to change how an era play's out to make it more fun for ALL, the thing all must remember is, every team is doing what they can to win as EASILY as possible. Whether or not you like that is up to your own opinion. I believe you all know mine on the matter, but mine is NOT the only way. The game contains individuals, ALL of whom have their own opinions.
MY HOPE was that none of the teams would ally one another and there would be a 4 way battle at all times. Honestly, this was naivety on my part. Even Milan would have STILL allied with at least one of the teams so he could focus all efforts on eliminating one (you can argue if you like Milan, but I feel even you would of focus fired at one point). The big difference here was that PSI was the one who was ultimately responsible for the actions of his faction. Now, do I wish he had just left on his own, sure! But I will not place 100% blame on him, and I ask that none of you do as well. He will live with his actions and you all can feel free to deal with his of your own accord. But once again, he stepped up to the plate when I asked him to lead a faction. Something I can say MANY turned me down on. Every leader knew that this was going to be a taxing endeavor and MOST turned me down BECAUSE they knew that. Yes, I had hoped a different mindset would take place in all 4 leaders minds as they were now in charge of 100's, not just 9, but by no means was ANYONE prepared for an era like this. HOW COULD YOU BE? This has NEVER been done before. I 100% understand the frustration BAR members are feeling right now. I am frustrated too seeing how the end result of my event that I basically dedicated ALL of my free time into has failed to such an extent. This is NOT only referring to this recent event, but I have been dealing with critiques for the entirety of this event.
I only ask that BOTH sides please view from the other's point of view. I know where both sides are coming from to some extent. PSI was not ONLY thinking of the actives, but the in-actives rankings too. The one's who die in war are NOT the active players. It's the inactive one's. This would be true on both sides. Once again, do I wish things were handled differently? Yes, of course I do. But pressure can get to anyone. Especially when the pressure goes from 9 to 120.
So I ask everyone to please not place blame on ANY of the faction leaders. They all did their best. They ALL made mistakes. They ALL have lives outside of BD. I had hoped the admins could be a bit more active to directly handle some things and that was MY fault. Remember, we are asking the admin's to put EVERYTHING ELSE on hold for OUR whims when something goes unexpected. But they have full time jobs outside of admining. They have people in their lives that they care about and have to take care of as well. PLEASE think of how you live YOUR life at YOUR leisure. Admin's deserve that right as well. They get called up in the middle of the night ALL THE TIME for your whims.
I got a SMALL taste of the admin's life during this era as I made sure I was the figure head that people came through. I CHOSE to be the middleman to help ensure things went as smoothly as I could help. And it was challenging to say the VERY LEAST. Hell, I msg'd teams with hope to keep their heads up and cheer them on. I got endless messages about ruining the game and trying to get in people's way of victory. I try to keep things fun and fair. I get endless messages about favoritism because that team was meant to die a horrible death and have no more fun during the era. I chose to make decisions to try to prevent landslides from occurring with the teams. I get called greedy and trying to steal all of your money for this event.
However, even with all this, I continued to put my efforts in to try to make things as enjoyable as possible for as many as I could. I only ask that you all please try to keep perspective as well. My hopes were that wars would be going all era, but that is also the point of the game in itself and we've seen through the long history of BD that there are plenty who prefer diplomacy over war. There are plenty who burn out and decide to go the friendly route instead of the most arduous one.
Whether or not you agree with what PSI did, I ask that you do not put all blame on him. Because honestly, NONE of you fully did what I had hoped with the era. And I didn't live up to all of your expectations either.
So if anyone has complaints, point them at me. I will gladly accept it as this was my idea. The only thing you can do with something new that goes wrong is LEARN from it and hopefully, improve it if you get the chance. But if you're going to be at the forefront bitchin' and complaining, then I better see you the next time an event comes up looking to help. Because those doing so already DON'T HAVE TO (this is directed at those complaining at the event itself).
I will be opening a topic within the next day or so to get your feedback and suggestions on the event. We already know there were many issues and we clearly stated BEFORE the era started that this was an experimental new event that had never been done before. We expected issues to arise. That is why Alex made the era only 2 weeks long. That fact also lead to a series of events that lead to rushed decisions, but overall, I agree with his decision to keep this short. Luckily, his foresight means this is ending within a few days instead of going for an additional month. So please keep that in mind as well.
Whether or not you agree with Alex, he ALWAYS has the best interest of BD in his mind. He is ALWAYS looking for how he can improve the game. How to reduce burnout, increase retention, increase competition. If you all think it's an easy accomplishment, then I'd like to see you putting in a quarter of the effort he does on the daily.
It's easy to complain about the issues. It's hard to make change that will benefit. Please keep this in mind.